I’ve been reading through Exodus this season break and it’s amazing how such familiar stories can speak to you in completely new ways. As of this morning, I’ve arrived to the part where Moses and the Israelites had their first encounter with an enemy outside Egypt- the Amalekites (Exodus 17). (more…)
One of the biggest traditions surrounding Christmas is the belief that it’s also the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. I’ve so far counted as many as two-hundred “happy birthday, Jesus!” posts on my news feed alone. (more…)
It’s been almost a month since my last blog, and I feel so bad about it, but I just have to admit that I have been extra hectic the past few weeks- 4 big projects, so many changes to be made in the ministry come this 2017, a big gift giving program (where 300+ kids were the beneficiaries) and as many as 7 Christmas parties. Whew!
I have to say that 2016 has gone out with a bang, and I hope that the same can only be true with you. And yet everything boils down to these last few days- the dusk of the year and the closing scenes to what has yet been another great chapter to this life we all have the privilege of walking together.
Before we get to our Noche Buenas (and if you’re reading this), I hope to take the last few moments blogging and sharing just one thought with you before we all start the most awaited celebration of the year- Christmas is the best time to live out the greatest commandment ever given.
Jesus once urged us to live a life of love saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
It’s virtually impossible to live out the true meaning of Christmas- Christ- without living out this great command that He gave to us. Here are two simple ways to make the most of the Christmas season through the greatest command.
Make Christ the Center of Your Celebration
As we did our small gift-giving project for three-hundred plus kids with Camp Sonshine Center last December 17, I was reminded truly of what this season is all about- bringing glory to Christ. I was reminded of this once again as we joined all three hundred kids along with benefactors and missionaries in worshipping the name of Jesus together in a song in our native dialect.
Here’s a video of that event.
I have to admit that my eyes were “sweating” at the sight. It reminded me of the examples the heavenly hosts set for us in Luke 2:13-14: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'” We are all given this opportunity to lift Christ’s name this Christmas.
Enjoy Relationships More Than Anything
We were made by God to be relational beings. At one point, I thought that my life was destined to be alone until God opened by eyes to the reality of the blessing of relationships and how He calls us to enjoy them. We are surrounded by family, friends, church community and colleagues who care deeply about us and in return we are given this privilege to be God’s extension of love and grace to each other.
Christmas is so much more than just the gifts and food. It’s about whom you share them with. Let’s not forget to truly express our joy, gratitude and love for our neighbors- our family and friends.
A few days ago, I walked into the newly opened H&M and came across this really nice blazer. (show picture) I was so attached to it, but it was just out of my price range. I wanted it so bad I thought about it for days. (more…)
If you’ve been following the presidential election or just have a social media account of any sort then you have probably heard that we now have a President Donald Trump on American history books. The reactions on my news feed have been mixed so far- some are agitated, others funny, while others hopeless. (more…)
Last Sunday, I was with my family at SM City after attending the 11AM service at Victory Iloilo and was killing time before our 2:30PM Victory Group with some couples at church. Me and my wife decided to pass by an ATM to withdraw some money so we passed by one and my wife (who handles our finances) put in the card. After a few minutes of waiting I got curious why it was taking my wife so long to withdraw. (more…)
This blog is the third part of a series called, “Gain A Better Work Day,” where I’d like to walk with you in gaining practices, principles and ideas that can hopefully make us more effective in the work place by making small but meaningful changes to how our work day usually happens. (more…)
We’re going through this series called “Gain A Better Work Day,” where we want to look at some practices and principles that will improve the way you deliver at work with the limited yet valuable time you put into things that matter. Last week, we talked about how to prepare for the unexpected so that you don’t fumble and panic on the spot. (more…)
I don’t think I’ve ever done a blog series in my life and I really don’t know why. The first minute I thought of the idea, I jumped right into it because I know it can and will provide more value for you. I’m doing this series called “Gain A Better Work Day” by sharing insights and principles that will help you crush those work days, and build a strong discipline that will make you hustle harder but also waste less time, energy and resources. (more…)
If you got married in the last five years, then you’ve probably heard of and even studied Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.” Me and Ces did, and it was a tremendous help to understanding each other and God’s ultimate plan for marriage. I love studying love languages and highly recommend it to other couples who are married and about to get married.